There are so many programs for music these days that we forget, for a while there, there weren't that many programs at all. It's hard to imagine now! I remember when there were only a few different programs to choose from. There was Cubase, Cakewalk, Pro Tools, Logic, and a few more... But, it wasn't like it is now. Not by a long shot.
It was during that time of very little choice that Fruity Loops showed up, around 1997. In fact, it showed up a couple of years before it's primary foe, Reason. And, though it wasn't nearly as polished as it is now, it was amazingly cool at the time, and has continued to grow into something even cooler. But, before we go there, let's talk about the past just a little longer.
For many, and still to this day, music hardware was prohibitive due to the cost. FL Studio really was one of the first to offer a full music solution that did not require any form of hardware. It was light on the processor, just like it is today. But, one thing that separates Fruity Loops from the rest of the herd is that it was much closer to a tracker-style sequencer on initial release than the rest of the software choices. This, I feel, resulted in some amazingly talented people getting into music that may have never, had it not been for a Fruity Loops. It had, and to this day has an interface that really appeals to everyone... Not just people that have experience with hardware. It's built upon simple, pattern-based song creation, but gets as advanced as you want to.
Now, let's put down the history book and see what FL Studio (the current name of Fruity Loops) is like now.
I bought my Fruity Loops license a long time ago, probably around 1999. So, when I was asked to write this review, I was a little nervous to know whether my license would still carry on up to 2013. And, with any other company, I would've just said,